DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2002
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
SOURCE: (Romans 15:4) The New Student Bible, ©1992 Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids Michigan 49530
When God repeats Himself. One of the things that you have to look for when you read the Bible, is when God repeats Himself. Repetition is one way God is saying to you, "THIS IS IMPORTANT"!!! Since God's Word is complete, it is within the context of His presentation to us via the Old and New Testaments, that we must study to know His will and plan for our lives. His way of EMPHASIZING a point is through repeating it in several different places. There are days when God leads me to write on a certain issue. Sometimes, it is an issue that I have previously written about and there really is little more to add. Due to the fact that each week we have over 20,000 new subscribers to the Daily Devotional, many who have only read one or two Devotionals, the Holy Spirit will lead me to repeat a past Deviotional. This happens about 2 days each week.
The point that I want you to grasp today is this. Many times, I have read a verse of scripture before, and it said one thing. Then, I will read it again on a different day, and based on how God is speaking to my heart, it will say something entirely more profound! It is the same way with these Devotionals. Even though some readers may have seen a certain Devotional in the past, based on where you are at TODAY, it can talk to you in an entirely different way that you never imagined! There are time when we read a verse of Scripture, and based on where our life is at that exact moment, it says one thing to us. However, if we read that VERY SAME verse 4 months later, depending on where we are at THAT VERY DAY, it may say something entirely new us. Since it is God through the Holy Spirit, and NOT Bill Keller directing the writing of these Devotionals each morning, what you read today may have a VERY DIFFERENT meaning to you 6 months from now... reading the VERY SAME WORDS!!! So don't ever take each day's Devotional for granted, even if you may have read it before!
I love you and care about you so much. One of my desires is that you receive ALL that you can possibly receive from God for your life each day. One way is through His precious Word. Another is through those resources God has placed in your life like this Devotional to encourage you in your day to day journey. The thing that most fail to comprehend is that God's Word is a LIVING WORD. IT IS ALIVE! It literally lives in your heart and soul. That is why you read a passage of Scripture one day, and a week later, read the very same passage and is speaks to you differently. What you may not pay attention to one day, is the most meaningful verse the next. That is because His Word is ALIVE.
I spend hours each day in prayer, talking and trying to hear from God. Every morning after my time in the Word and prayer is when I write these Devotionals. I honestly believe that when I am typing, it is not me, but the Holy Sprit that is speaking through me to you. I honestly read a Devotional I wrote 2-3 days later, and often think, "this is good stuff." The Holy Sprit will respond, "yes, because I WROTE IT!" So know that God can speak directly to your heart, to your life, to your circumstances through these words each day. One way He gets His point across to us, especially those like me with extra thick skulls, is by repetition. God repeats this in His Word ON PURPOSE. Often, God may have you read a Devotional that you saw 6 months ago. Remember, it is NO ACCIDENT. There is a reason for it. God will repeat Himself so that you take notice that THIS is important.
May He richly bless you today, and my prayer is that each and every day you will have a hunger for the Word of God. I pray that you will not only have a hunger for the Word of God, but for all that God puts in your life each day, like this Devotional, to give you hope, to encourage you, and guide you to be all that He has called you to be. Pay attention when God repeats Himself!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
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